Thursday, December 6, 2012

My Writing Process...: Guest Post/ #Giveaway @Lisalregan

**Read on to learn about the giveaway!

My Writing Process for Finding Claire Fletcher 
By Lisa Regan

My writing process for writing this book was quite the opposite of what I would recommend. No planning, no plot, and no outline. This idea of having a random encounter with someone and finding out later that they were a missing person had been bouncing around in my head for years, but I had never tried to impose any kind of plot onto it. Had never tried to write about it. I had, however, written a lot of other things, lots of false starts. Piles of unfinished novels.

Then one night the first line of the novel popped into my head (it later became the first line of Chapter 2): “First time in a bar?” I knew there was a man and a woman. I didn’t even know their names. In fact, in that first handwritten draft, I left blank spaces where their names were supposed to be. I wrote the first 65 pages of the book in one sitting. I put it away and returned to it a few days later. It was rough, but I thought there might be something there. So I started plotting and naming characters.

Mostly, I just wrote what I heard and saw in my head. The novel came at me—particularly Claire’s sections—fast and furious. I was in a frenzy trying to get it all out fast enough. I felt like Claire was standing over me, whispering the words into my ears. At the time I was working nights as a Certified Nurse Assistant. I kept scraps of paper in my scrub pockets and if I had a lull or a break, I’d scribble a few words down. When I got home in the morning, I would sit at my computer or in my writing chair, and I’d write the whole day. I had to force myself to sleep so that I could function at work.

I wrote everything down and worried about putting it into some sort of order later. In a way, I still write this way. I write my first drafts in pen, and write whatever comes out whenever it’s ready to be written down. It is often out of order. What I do differently now is I have a definitive plot and premise in my head before I start. All characters are now named at the outset, and I have a vague outline in my head as to how things are meant to take place.

I know some writers are plotters and some pantsters, and others a combination of the two. I do a little of both. Some novels will come to you as though you’re channeling some otherworldly force, and others will be a tremendous amount of work. Regardless of your own process, my two biggest tips are to have some kind of outline to use as a guide and when you’re finished, get critique partners and beta readers to help you hone your work.

About the Author:

Lisa Regan is a suspense novelist. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Master of Education Degree from Bloomsburg University. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband and daughter.

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Newly divorced and with his career in jeopardy, Detective Connor Parks takes solace in the arms of a beautiful woman he meets at a bar. The next morning, Claire Fletcher is gone, leaving nothing behind but an address and a decade-old mystery. The address leads to the Fletcher family home where Claire’s siblings inform Connor that their fifteen-year-old sister was abducted from a city street ten years ago and is presumed dead.

During those ten years, Claire endured the cruel torture and depravity of the man who abducted her. Paralyzed by fear and too ashamed to return to her family, Claire is resigned to her life as Lynn, the identity her abductor forced upon her. Every time she attempts escape or betrays him in the smallest way, someone dies. Even now, her clandestine run-in with Connor Parks may have put his life at risk, as well as the lives of her family.

Connor is convinced that not only is Claire Fletcher alive, but that she is also the woman he met at the bar. Driven to see her again, he begins his own investigation, off the clock and without the police department's consent. He is determined to find her and unravel the mystery of her abduction and odd reemergence. But finding Claire Fletcher proves more dangerous than he anticipates. In fact, it may be deadly.


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As part of the Finding Claire Fletcher Blog Tour (12/6/12 through 12/21/12), Lisa Regan will be giving away the following items:
  • $25.00 Amazon Gift Card
  • 1 signed copy of the paperback of Finding Claire Fletcher
  • 1 e-book version of Finding Claire Fletcher

All you have to do is visit the Finding Claire Fletcher Blog Tour Giveaway page on Lisa’s blog which you can find here and comment on that page letting Lisa know whose blog you’ve just come from. Each commenter will be assigned a number and then the winners will be chosen using Winners will be announced on 12/24/12!


  1. Just seeing your picture makes me smile, Lisa. :-) I've read Finding Claire Fletcher 4 times now & I'm positive I'll read it at least a dozen more times. It's that amazing. Truly! It's difficult to believe that this is a debut, it's that finely crafted & written. This day has been a long timing & I couldn't be any happier or prouder!!

  2. Thanks Nancy! And thank you so very much Emily for hosting me! I really appreciate it!!!

  3. It's great learning about your writing process thank you. It must all be so vivid in your mind.


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